Katy Perry was just one of many world famous musicians who took the stage for a benefit concert in honor of the Manchester bombing victims and their families on Sunday, performing to a crowd of thousands of people that gathered to remember those killed and injured in an attack a few weeks ago. Perry performed some of her fans’ favorite tracks like “Part of Me” and “Roar” but one of the most memorable parts of her set was the moment she delivered a powerful, emotional speech about love.
She began by thanking Ariana Grande for deciding to put on such a great concert and inviting her to join in the lineup.
“I am humbled to be here tonight to share and spread love…thank you Ariana so much for your incredible strength and courage and for inviting me to participate this evening.”
She then admitted that sometimes it is hard to choose love rather than hate in times of tragedy and trouble, and spoke about the power of love.
“…Love conquers fear, and love conquers hate. And this love that you choose, will give you strength and it’s our greatest power.”
As the audience cheered her on, Perry then asked them to participate in an act of love together, touching their fellow concertgoers and looking them in the eye to see how powerful love and hope can truly be.
Katy didn’t only talk the talk when it came to her performance, but also walked the walk with a dress partially made out of the images of those lost in the bombing on May 22.
“But love conquers fear, and love conquers hate. And this love that you choose, will give you strength and it’s our greatest power,” she said – to huge cheers from the audience.
During her speech, the sky behind Perry was a beautiful shade of pink and white as the sun set over the concert. Fans did not miss the emotional and stunning shot of her in that tableau.
It’s this kind of message of hope and love and strength that made the benefit concert so appropriate for the people of Manchester who came together as a city after such a horrific act.